Reed City, Evart ready to kick off football practices at midnight
REED CITY — Midnight madness, football style, returns to Reed City and Evart next week.
The football teams in those two Osceola County communities will have their annual kickoffs to the high school practice season starting on Monday, the first official day of the preseason.
Reed City will be at its home field.
“Typically we’ll go mornings, early afternoon and evenings,” said Coyote coach Monty Price. “We’ll have three practices every day excluding Friday.”
The midnight kickoff to the season has been a Reed City tradition since 2005. The midnight practice is slated to end at 1:30 a.m. A fair share of fans usually appears at the first practice.
“We always have a pretty good turnout,” Price said. “It’s kind of a community event now. There will be anywhere from 50 to 100 to 150 people there.”
The players look forward to the event.
“The second week will be two-a-days,” Price said. “I’m leaning toward an evening schedule to fit my administrative schedule as well.”
Price also serves as Reed City’s athletic director.
Reed City will scrimmage Aug. 18 at Ludington. The season kicks off at home Aug. 26 against Big Rapids.
Evart will also kick off at midnight at its football stadium and will go until 1:30 a.m.
“The kids then stay at the school and we usually have our second session Monday from like 10 to noon, something like that,” said Evart coach Pat Craven said.
This will mark the eighth year of the midnight practice.
“Usually we have a handful of people come out,” Craven said. “Some years we’ve had more and some years we have had less. We’ve had upwards to a hundred people at them before.”
The players “look forward to it,” added Craven, who will have 8 a.m to 1 p.m. practices for the rest of the week.
Evart has a home scrimmage 4 p.m. on Aug. 19 against Sanford Meridian, St.. Louis and Tawas. The regular season starts Aug. 26 at Montabella.